This Valentine’s season can stir fear among many men and women as they wonder what’s the best gift for their partners.
The occasion often inspires some brave men to shop for the ultimate romantic present – lingerie.
Those who do it for the first time can find themselves out of their depth, with the number of styles, shapes and colours to choose from. Scenes from Father Ted might spring to mind, but the experts at McElhinneys Department Store Ballybofey have shared their tips to end all worries over buying lingerie.
Here is the latest McElhinneys Blog post in full, for anyone looking for advice and reassurance before venturing to the underwear floor. For everyone else, there a shoppable links to buy the pieces discreetly.
Guys Guide to Buying Lingerie
by Niamh Phelan
Okay, deep breaths guys, you can do this!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your someone special. Men, if lingerie is on your list, but you’re feeling a little lost or clueless as to how to approach the Lingerie Section, keep reading as we give you the insider tips on finding the perfect fit!
Step 1: Need to Know Information
Start your stealthy mission by finding out what size your lucky lady needs – this is vital information so be sure not to skip this step! Find a bra that she wears often and check the label, you should see a number and a letter; both are important, so take note (e.g. Size 34C, 36A, 38F). It is almost impossible to guess a bra size, so unless you’re an expert I wouldn’t attempt a prediction.
For underwear, this will be the same as her dress size, which you may already know – kudos to you if you do! If you’re unsure, or just want to double check, you can check any item of clothing or underwear for this information (e.g. Size 10, 12, 14).
Step 2: Remember to Shop for Her, Not for You
It can be very easy to be swept up into the moment of buying the laciest, raciest, little red number you can get your hands on; but remember to ask yourself the real question – Will SHE feel comfortable in it? If all goes to plan, you can buy her something that she will look great and feel fabulous in – just remember, her confidence and comfort is hugely important!
Step 3: Arm Yourself with a Goal!
Try to set yourself a goal for your shopping trip – do you have a colour in mind? Are you familiar with any particular styles? What is your budget?
Aside from her size, it might be a good idea to take a peak in her underwear drawer and her wardrobe in general to see what colours she usually wears – for example if she has a lot of white clothes it’s probably not a great idea to buy her a bright red or deep black bra!
Also, from that same snoop you should be able to see what underwear she usually wears and you can try to get something similar, and that way you know she’ll love it! If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can push the boat out – but not too far! Again, remember that you want her to feel like a million dollars, so comfort and sizing is key. For example, if she owns no or very few thongs, it’s probably not the best idea to buy her one… you get the picture!
Step 4: When Faced with Adversity, Don’t Give Up
Even if you fail to arm yourself with all the information you need, there are great lingerie-alternatives out there, and you can still treat your special lady! Aside from Bras & Briefs, you can get your hands on Babydolls, Chemises, Nightdresses, and many other things that will feel like a special treat, and don’t require quite as much preparation! These pieces are all great examples of non-lingerie pieces that will still be a great Valentines Day Gift!
Shop the Camisole Pyjama Set >> Gaspe Lace Trim Camisole Pyjama Set, White
Shop the Nightdress >> Gaspe Velvet Floral Print Chemise Nightdress, Black
Shop the Dressing Gown >> Gaspe Lace Trim Satin Dressing Gown, Navy
Shop the Babydoll >> Loving Moments Underwired Chiffon Babydoll Chemise and Thong Set, Red
Step 5: If in Doubt, Consult the Experts
Our McElhinneys Lingerie Team are fully-trained in sizing and styling the perfect fit for any lucky lady, and they are certainly more than welcoming to any men who need a helping hand! Whether it’s help finding the right style, colour or fit – they are here to help. With oodles to choose from, they can make the experience as easy and painless as possible!
Shop the Bra >> Fantasie Jacqueline Side Support Bra, Red
Shop the Briefs >> Fantasie Jacqueline Lace Briefs, Red
Don’t be haunted by another forgettable Valentine’s Day, treat herself (and yourself!) to something special <3
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